PLA pushes ahead with Cambodian drills despite COVID-19

16th March 2020 - 14:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has sent 265 soldiers to take part in joint military exercises with 2,871 of their Cambodian counterparts at Techo Sen Chumkiri Training School in Kampot province.

The Golden Dragon military drill is the fourth of its kind between the two militaries, and it is being held from 15-30 March. This year, the exercise is focused on counterterrorism and joint humanitarian operations.

The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces demonstrated four helicopters, ten T-55 tanks, 12 DMT1 armoured vehicles, six 122mm D30 howitzers, 12 other mortar systems and demining tools. They also carried out training exercises for hostage situations and managing CBRN threats.

The PLA, on the other hand, used six helicopters, three 122mm D30 howitzers, nine armoured vehicles and 28 other military vehicles.

Chinese soldiers were checked for symptoms of COVID-19 before being permitted to take part. 

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